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swissnyc 20.02.2014 01:23

Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/busine...942_story.html

Wallabies 20.02.2014 06:55

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
This is a shame and a backwards step dor Whatsapp

SOBEIT 20.02.2014 08:00

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
Viber will be next on their list.

Sean Connery 20.02.2014 08:11

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
Great for WhatApp (creators/owners), terrible for anyone using it.

Guest 20.02.2014 08:19

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
There a selling out??

What a disappointment.

I guess they'll start charging now, or at least selling ads :msnsad:

Sean Connery 20.02.2014 08:32

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by J.Marple (Post 2093750)
There a selling out??

What a disappointment.

I guess they'll start charging now, or at least selling ads :msnsad:

more like integrated into the Facebook App and all that signal into Facebook as "private" communication.

I was reticent before about WhatsApp - I'm plain against it now.

Guest 20.02.2014 08:40

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Sean Connery (Post 2093760)
more like integrated into the Facebook App and all that signal into Facebook as "private" communication.

I was reticent before about WhatsApp - I'm plain against it now.

I use it a lot, mainly with sisters and friends in Spain, but I might change my mind when this goes ahead.

Let's wait and see what changes it brings.

Sean Connery 20.02.2014 08:42

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
the changes will likely bring a new player into the market. Most likely smaller but appealing to those who don't want their whole life on Facebook.

which is 4 of us I guess.... :D

SOBEIT 20.02.2014 08:42

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by J.Marple (Post 2093764)
I use it a lot, mainly with sisters and friends in Spain, but I might change my mind when this goes ahead.

Let's wait and see what changes it brings.

Change to Viber.

Guest 20.02.2014 08:43

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SOBEIT (Post 2093768)
Change to Viber.

I don't know what that is :msnblush:

Guest 20.02.2014 08:44

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Sean Connery (Post 2093767)
the changes will likely bring a new player into the market. Most likely smaller but appealing to those who don't want their whole life on Facebook.

which is 4 of us I guess.... :D

Ah, yes, the reluctant 4 of you.

They'll convert you yet ;)

Sean Connery 20.02.2014 08:47

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by J.Marple (Post 2093769)
I don't know what that is :msnblush:

It seems only reasonable to do this.... :D

http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=viber+app

Guest 20.02.2014 08:49

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Sean Connery (Post 2093772)
It seems only reasonable to do this.... :D

http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=viber+app

I was almost there, cleverclogs :D

Thanks :msnblush:

darwiniandemon 20.02.2014 12:14

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SOBEIT (Post 2093768)
Change to Viber.

Viber was bought out by Rakuten, Japan's largest e-commerce site, for $900 m.

Doesn't matter what you use, someone will use it for commercial gain.

SOBEIT 20.02.2014 12:17

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by darwiniandemon (Post 2093935)
Viber was bought out by Rakuten, Japan's largest e-commerce site, for $900 m.

Doesn't matter what you use, someone will use it for commercial gain.

Very true, but they are not FB.

Polo 20.02.2014 12:27

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
Hopefully they don't change the format as often as FB does;)

Swiss Cheddar 20.02.2014 12:38

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
VOXER.




cheers
SC

defcon3 20.02.2014 12:56

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
My initial reaction to the acquisition of Instagram by FB was one of outrage, "I'll never touch this with a 10ft pole"... Give it time and all just blends into the "new normal" - privacy is now a myth, owning your data equally so. If it isn't facebook, it's Google, if not them, it's the NSA, HLS, CIA, MI5 or any other shithead abbreviation with money to burn.

I am using Instagram, only taking pictures of things unrelated to my family. I never store GPS data for images. I am using FB only to keep track of friends - who moved where. I will likely keep using WhatsApp very much like I did before: I'm just a guy who knows that nothing is sacred anymore - if you are online, you are exposed: to what extent, it depends on your skill and desire. Remember that sometimes it is better to be 1 of the 1+billion users somewhere than just that one guy who runs 256-bit encryption on his calls, talk about needle in a haystack. End of the day we are just % marks in some aggregate pie chart in a powerpoint somewhere, as cool as I think I am :msntongue:

Privacy is evolving fast, not to my taste but I am trying to adapt.

Back on topic: the statement from FB was crystal clear - we will keep it as a separate thing (no alterations or integrations), just like we did with Instagram. This is the silver lining, IMHO.

Nikate 20.02.2014 13:33

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
I just think the amount that Facebook paid is excessive. This is really starting to smell like another .com bubble. How much higher will it go before it bursts is the question.

SOBEIT 20.02.2014 13:37

Re: Facebook to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion
 
I am just happy that I never subscribed to FB and never will, ever!


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